The drama surrounding Alex Rodriguez and his potential return to the New York Yankees is growing by the day. Earlier this week, Rodriguez took to Twitter to express his excitement over the news he received from his doctor regarding his injured hip. Yankees GM Brian Cashman responded to that by saying A-Rod has not been cleared to play, and the he should probably “shut the f— up” about it.
Cashman later apologized for his language and Rodriguez basically admitted he was overly excited, but the situation is starting to turn ugly.
For starters, ESPNNewYork.com reported on Thursday that a source close to A-Rod said the slugger believes the Yankees are deliberately trying to slow his return as part of an insurance scam. The source said that Rodriguez feels there is something “really off” about the team seemingly being angry that a doctor cleared him to play.
“Alex thinks it’s all about the insurance,” the source reportedly said. “How could it not be?”
The motive would be this — if A-Rod is unable to return this because of his hip, insurance would pick up 80% of the $28 million he is owed this season. If he retires because of the hip injury, insurance would have to cover 80% of the $114 million he’s owed over the next five years of his contract.